What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive, natural and cost-effective practice. Many people use cosmetic acupuncture for facial wrinkles, acne, blackheads, facelifts, patchy skin, and dull skin to look more youthful by improving muscle tone and elasticity and to reduce scarring.
Facial cosmetic acupuncture is not a new therapy – in fact, it has been documented to have been used as far back as 3000 years.
Acupuncture for cosmetic purposes was used to enhance the beauty of ancient empresses and royal women at China’s imperial courts.
Our cosmetic facial acupuncture is holistic and aims to not only rejuvenate your facial appearance but also your overall health, promoting beauty that radiates from within. Cosmetic facial acupuncture will target underlying health issues that may be contributing to premature ageing such as stress, sleeping issues and digestive complaints.
Extremely fine acupuncture needles are inserted into powerful acupuncture points on your body and face to stimulate and balance energy (qi) flow. The placement of the needles is dictated by your unique constitution and presenting symptoms. Specially formulated herbal medicine and dietary changes may also be required to balance your body from the inside out.
What are the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?
- Moisturises the skin by increasing circulation of blood and lymph to the face
- Improves muscle tone, firmness and elasticity of the skin
- May help regulate sebum and hormonal secretions to reduce blackheads, acne and patchy skin.
- Helps lift sagging and drooping skin
- Fills out sunken areas
- Helps eliminate fine wrinkles and soften deeper wrinkles
Improves facial colour, leaving glowing and radiant skin
- Brightens the eyes and helps lift drooping eyelids.
- May help stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer, smoother skin.
- Improves hormonal balance to reduce acne
- Improves appearance of scarring
- Addresses internal imbalances and other health issues such as stress, fatigue, insomnia and muscle pain.
- Leaves you feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.
It is important to note however that as each individual has a unique constitution and unique set of symptoms, results will vary from person to person
Does Cosmetic Acupuncture work?
Many people ask, “does cosmetic acupuncture work?” There are two main ways through which cosmetic acupuncture works at improving facial skin and reducing signs of ageing. Firstly, it aims to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through the promotion of collagen production, blood circulation and through the increased sebum secretion. Secondly, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner seeks to uncover and resolve the underlying cause of the problem, ensuring treatment is directed towards the cause of the problem.
Acupuncture for Wrinkles
Another major way facial acupuncture can decrease the effects of ageing on the skin is by boosting collagen and elastin production at the level of the cells (1). A decrease in collagen production as we age is one of the key reasons lines and wrinkles appear on our face. In cosmetic facial rejuvenation acupuncture, the insertion of fine needles on the face creates fine micro tears in the dermis layer of the skin (deep layer). These little tears initiate a healing response by the immune system which lays down fresh collagen and elastin fibres and cleans up any old dead cells. This healing response will result with stronger bonds between cells being formed which in turn can lead to firmer skin and reduction in the appearance of fine lines. An advantage of this approach compared other methods such as Botox is that it initiates a healing response from within which will give a healthier, more natural and longer lasting result.
As part of the cosmetic acupuncture treatment the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist will also design a personalized treatment plan that will target underlying health issues that may be contributing to premature aging such as stress, sleeping issues and digestive complaints. This may involve specific dietary and lifestyle changes and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Treating any underlying health conditions is an added benefit of cosmetic acupuncture and this boost of health will reflect in the condition of your skin.
Cosmetic Acupuncture for Acne Scars and Breakouts
Many people ask “can acupuncture help acne” and the answer is yes it can. In cosmetic acupuncture for acne, very fine needles are inserted at specific points along the acupuncture meridians on the face and body which stimulate energy flow and the underlying muscles and glands. This can help regulate sebum secretion treating acne, breakouts and patchy skin, and improve muscle tone by stimulating underlying facial muscles. The insertion of these fine needles also promotes fresh blood and its accompanying nutrients to flow to the facial skin. The increase in blood flow to the face also aids in the removal of toxins and dead cells and increases skin moisture, giving a vibrant and clearer complexion.
How many sessions of Cosmetic Acupuncture will I need?
Every person responds differently to treatment but patients can usually see an improvement in skin tone and colour after the first session, however, more substantial and visible results are usually seen after about 6-8 treatments. The amount of response varies between individuals depending on their age and lifestyle. Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment usually consists of 10-15 sessions and results are best achieved by having 1-2 sessions a week. Once the treatment sessions are completed, results can last for years.
Maintenance sessions are recommended every 8 to 12 weeks. The Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner may encourage you to perform facial massage and exercises at home, take herbal remedies and nutritional support combined with dietary changes. Initial consultation takes approximately 90 minutes and follow up consultations take about 60 minutes.
How should I approach Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments
Approach Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine with an open mind and the knowledge that it has the power to open doors Western medicine may not be able to, by working with doctors to deliver the best treatment to you.
1. Younghee, Y. et al. (2013) Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.